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“That’s ‘mister’ potato head to you”

The poor potato has gotten a bad reputation. So what if it's high in carbs or high on the glycemic index.  This is why I love them;  they're cheap, they're low in calories, they've got fiber, they have 25% of your daily need of Vitamin C, they are easy to cook, they are versatile (baked,  boiled, steamed, fried) It's a pretty fabulous food, packaged in a…

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30% Fat

I don't follow extreme ideas or diets.  I really enjoy a good Nutterbutter cookie, fashioned into a spoon and used to scoop Cool Whip. But most of the time I eat well.   However, doing my formative years in the 80's have left me a teensy bit fat-o-phobic. It was the "everything should be fat-free" decade.   The decade where eating…

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Peas

  Some kids love frozen peas right out of the bag, some like canned, while my kids won't eat them either way.  This is one I wish I had started when they were a lot younger.  Peas, a legume that is considered a vegetable, is a good source of protein, fiber, Vitamin A, B9, and thiamin. At least the kids on "Hip…

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Caramel Apples

Like Kristie, my kids do not need help eating apples. So I've been reluctant to tell them that some people like to dip apples in caramel.  But lo, I got a craving, so I thought I'd let them in on it. I do know the grocery store has some yummy low fat caramel dip in the produce section, but the…

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The Office

So you hope each morning your husband will pack a lunch and stop eating out with his friends at work. Then every night you check your bank transactions online and you see he went out once again. Except he pays for everyones food and they give him cash, yet you never see the cash to return to the account. Sound familiar? Of…

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Soak up the Sun

We had a sunny week with 50 degree weather.  My kids wanted to be outside.  They even abandon Mario when the weather get's good.  Normally I will make my kids play close to home so I don't have to go with them anywhere. But when my little girl looks at me and says, "mom, can we go on a family…

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Asparawhat?

We had asparagus for dinner, much to the dismay of all three children. They took their token bite and moved on to their number one love and mine, pasta.  I do make some pretty fantastic asparagus though. My husband loves it. I sautee it in a little butter and brown sugar (the vehicles to help veggies go down), and then simmer…

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Kids’ Favorite Broccoli Apple Salad

Sweet poppy seed dressing and convenient broccoli slaw mix make this healthy side perfect for a weeknight dinner. The first time I served my kids this salad, their reaction was priceless. I had been offering salad at meal times for ages, and the kids never really took to it. But the night I served this salad, they weren't just asking for…

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Cavities

This is a picture of my 7 year old.  Think she'll need braces?  Yeah, that's what my dentist said too.  My oldest has never had a cavity. He brushes for the two full minutes every night, and always takes flouride.  Flip-flopper isn't so diligent, and she's had two cavities, only one filled, the other the dentist is waiting for the…

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Naggy or nice?

We determined last week we want to help our spouses get healthy, without being a nag.  There are so many other fun things to nag about, why waste it on food? The first and most important rule is not to let it be about weight.  If your spouse is heavy, most likely they already know it. Automatically any mention of…

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